There is a saying that states, “When there is a will, there is a way”, if we set our goal and work diligently towards achieving it, then “Nothing is impossible”.
Anant Purav, a 55-year-old resident from Mumbai, has proved this saying “Nothing is impossible” to be true, by completing the 87km long Comrade marathon, although he had two blockages in his heart.
Anant, like thousands of runners, participated in Comrade Marathon that was organised in Durban, South Africa. But what made Anant’s story different was that he was running the marathon despite two blockages in heart, and after undergoing a recent spine surgery.
Anant is an experienced marathon runner and completed the toughest 87km uphill Comrade marathon in just 11 hours and 55 minutes.
Anant started running in 2012, when he was 50-year-old, but he was diagnosed with two blockages in heart 70 per cent and 75 per cent in 2013. He also underwent spine surgery in 2015, after which doctors had advised him not to run at all.
Speaking with My Medical Mantra, an exited Anant said, “Every runner has a dream to complete ‘Comrade Marathon’ once in his lifetime. I have been running since last five years and finally I have done it. It’s like a dream come true.”
Anant added, “While I was training for the marathon, I had met six Mumbai-based cardiologists to seek their opinion. But, everyone said a firm ‘no’ for the run. However, I was determined, that I will run. So, I met one more doctor, and he advised me to take a few precautions while running, and I was through.”
He further added, “This is one of the toughest marathons. I have been training for the past four months and had run over 1100km in those four months so that I can be fit for this marathon.”
“We had to change our training course for Anant. Considering the heart blockages, we had to maintain his pulse rate below 154. Doctors had advised us if pulse rate goes beyond it, then it would prove to be fatal for Anant. So, I trained him to run with less speed, but for longer period of time. During the training process and in the final run, one person always used to run with Anant,” said Dilip Patil, Anant’s trainer.
“Nothing can stop you, once you have decided to complete a task, but one has to do it with full conviction,” added Anant.